Navy kimono coat, cream wide trousers and top

Navy plus cream a winning style combination and one of my favourite colour mixes for summer.

I am a fan of the minimalist look of black and white as you can see from by recent posts here and here. However cream plus navy is a softer option. Cream is kinder to our more mature skin tones. Unless you have strong colouring navy can be more forgiving than black.

I am wearing my Mango embossed jacket/coat (a few years old) similar shape in floral (now reduced to £19.99 in the sale). I also found a similar style by Helene Berman. I have teamed it with my MeandEm cream linen crop trousers and cream silk tunic (last year) similar. White trainers Keds, navy clutch bag John Lewis and oversize fake pearl necklace. Similar at Etsy

Navy plus cream/winning style combination

I love a statement coat or jacket. I find that it can really lift an outfit from ordinary to stunning. I tend to allocate the largest part of my budget to a good quality coat in the winter. In the summer I find you can find interesting and unusual budget priced statement coats on the high street.

Navy statement coat, cream crop trousers cream top

One of my style tricks is to keep my top and bottom the same colour. I find that it gives height and by creating a continuous line has a slimming effect. This works particularly well if you are petite. I am lucky in that I am reasonably tall so can also wear contrasting colour combinations.

Navy statement coat cream crop trousers


What are your favourite colour combinations for summer?


Sustainable chic fashion choices

Can we make sustainable chic fashion choices? How conscious are we of sustainability and ecology when we make our fashion choices? Personally I like to buy clothes made from good quality fabrics. Items that may initially involve a higher purchase price but in the long term lead to a better cost per wear ratio. I always read the fabric composition on a garment before purchase.

Recently I have been doing some research into ethical and environmentally sustainable fashion. I was agreeably surprised.

The print trousers and top I am wearing are by People Tree.  Read their story here.

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Summer sales update

I can’t believe that it is sale time again. Is it my perception of time or do sales seem to come round earlier and earlier each year. Summer in London has arrived very late this year and I have only just started to wear my lighter summer clothes.

Early sales are good news if you have not already finished planning your summer wardrobe or are still in the market for adding to your holiday capsule. I find summer sales useful for enhancing my wardrobe with a few fun pieces that will zizz up my basics. If you are contemplating investing in classic accessories such as handbags, scarves etc; you can find good bargains in the accessories departments.

I will be keeping you up to date on the sales as they commence by adding a list of current ones at the bottom of my regular posts.


NET-A-PORTER (grab yourself a designer bargain). I have chosen accessories as I consider stylish handbags, jewellery etc are always good season-less investments.

ANN TAYLOR Dresses and separates

J.CREW –  Excellent classic linen blazers

BODEN USABODEN UK  Practical summer dresses and tops including the classic Breton in many colours.

FINERY – If you are looking for something a little more fashion forward.

Jigsaw has also just gone on sale and has some great summer maxi dresses.


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Sparkling summer dress

When this dress arrived and I opened the parcel I had reservations. I found the style very flattering and the fabric a high quality linen. However I felt it was a bit “bling” for me. It might not have been love at first sight but it began to grow on me. I contacted the very efficient “customer support” at Hopefashion. My question was “will this dress soften and fade with wear and washing? The answer was yes so I decided to give it a go. I am very glad I did. I can definitely see myself wearing it in St. Tropez. Drifting along the beach at sunset or sipping cocktails on the terrace. Well at least in my dreams. My summer wardrobe needed a bit of a boost.

The Hope asymmetric silver dress is in the sale and has been reduced from £120 to £30. So it was a no brainer. I have washed it once and it has already mellowed. The blue silk scarf is by East.

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